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Do you demonstrate excellence in
your job? Do you really know what motivates you? After reading
this article you can try the free assessment test at assessment.com
to gain a deeper understanding of what you do well naturally.
Every now and then you encounter someone
who demonstrates excellence on the job.
It might be an exceptional waitress
who anticipates your every need. Or a manager who generates
both high performance and loyalty on his teams. It could be
a teacher with a knack for unlocking the desire to learn in
Excellence, true excellence, is something
we prize but seldom see.
It's a joy to encounter someone who
is truly excellent at what they do. Why is that so rare? More
importantly, how can you become known as a man or woman who
consistently demonstrates excellence?
One comment that is heard time and
again about those who demonstrate excellence is, "He/she
is a natural at it."
They don't seem to struggle to be excellent;
it just flows. That is always a sign of motivation, and therein
lies the first key: Motivation is required for excellence.
Motivation is what we like do well
It's like being right or left-handed.
We don't even think about it. We just write.
The same is true for people known for
excellence. They have a group of motivations that work in
concert to help them perform at a higher level. Like all motivations,
these were inborn and are as much a part of them as being
blue-eyed or tall.
But there is a second key:
Motivation can be developed.
People who demonstrate excellence have
identified their motivations and worked hard to develop them.
They have added knowledge, skill, experience and practice
to consistently produce at the highest levels.
By the way, there is a flip side to
these two keys, and it is this: The best we can be with low
motivation is adequate.
No matter how hard we work and desire
it, in the long run we will never be excellent at something
without high levels of motivation in that area.
In other words, if we toil in areas
where we have low motivation, we resign ourselves to mediocrity.
Who wants to be mediocre? Who wants
to be known as "adequate?"
Wouldn't you rather have a
shot at excellence?
The first step to unlocking your
excellence is to know what you do well naturally. What are
Henry Neils is President and Founder
of Assessment.com the leading online career assessment company
focused on helping employees and employers work together for
their mutual benefit.
Millions of people have gained
personal insight into their careers by using the tools, such
as MAPP™ (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential),
provided at Assessment.com
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